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Jason Day Goes Wire to Wire at Players PDF Print E-mail

 

Defending Champion Rickie Fowler passes on the trophy to Jason Day




Ponte Vedra, Florida - The 2016 edition of the PGA Tour's flagship event wasn't the drama

filled event of last year when Rickie Fowler battled Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a

playoff. In fact, there was basically no threat to the best in the game at Pete Dye's signature

layout. This was a wire to wire display by the World No.1, capturing his seventh victory

since last July. In fact it was Day's second wire to wire win this season.

 

Day, shot rounds of 63-66-73-71 at TPC Sawgrass to finish at 15 under par for a four shot

win over Kevin Chappel who shot 69 on Sunday. The round of the day belonged to Justin

Thomas, who fired a seven under par - 65 that included a rare birdie on the tough par 4 -

fourteenth.

 

 

Jason Day continues to sound more and more like a man who is comfortable on top of the sport:

"It was very difficult for me to actually do what I did and play the way I did this week. I think

not only did that give me an extra bit of motivation (seeing that on TV), being the number 1

player in the world and kind of not being one of the guys to look at. To win the tournament,

I think it's more for myself and all of the hard work that I've put into my game coming into

this week and especially the year. Coming off two wins earlier this year and feeling good about

my game, I just had to get in there and try to want it more than anyone else, they said 14 under

was the average (winning) score, and I ended up beating it by one which was nice...and I'm just

very pleased to be the Players Champion."

 

 

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Spieth Falters, Danny Willet Wins the Masters PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Danny Willet Salutes the patrons at Augusta National after winning the 80th Masters



 

Augusta, Georgia - 63 holes into the 80th Masters it appeared that twenty two year old Texan

Jordan Spieth was about to put his stamp on his title defense. Birdies on both the 8th and 9th

had Spieth at 7 under par, but as is often said: The Masters doesn't start until the back nine on

Sunday.


After back to back bogeys to start the back nine, Spieth stepped up to the tee on the par 3

twelfth -"Golden Bell" and after some deliberation with caddie Michael Greller, Spieth miss hit

his tee shot and watched his lead roll into Rae's Creek. After taking a drop, Spieth then layed

the sod over what was his third shot (into the hazard again). After another drop, now hitting

his fifth - the World No.2 air mailed the green into the back bunker and made quadruple

bogey 7. It was tough to put the moment into perspective. After controlling the Masters for

the last 7 1/2 rounds, Spieth simply self destructed.

 

Spieth said afterward, "This one hurt, it'll take awhile."


Meanwhile, Englishman Danny Willet suddenly found himself on top of the leaderboard. Willet

birdied the 13th, 14th and after a clutch swing on the 16th, he rolled in his 7 footer to reach 5

under par.

 

A fantastic up and down from the left side of the par 4 seventeenth allowed the 28 year old

(ranked twelfth in the world) to play the 72nd hole without much tension. After a striped 3

wood onto the shortgrass, Willet hit 7 iron to within 12 feet. When he tapped in for his two

putt par for 67 (283 total), it was just a waiting game to see if anyone could challenge the

leader in the clubhouse. Dustin Johnson (-1) and Lee Westwood (-2) each mounted their

own rally, but dropped off coming down the stretch.


Spieth had battled back after the debacle at the twelfth with birdies at the thirteenth and

fifteenth. After he stiffed his 8 iron on the par 3 - 16th, he had a 6 foot left to right breaker

to inch another shot closer to Willet. When he failed to convert, the air came out of the

balloon and the title of Masters Champion belonged to Danny Willet. "I've won other events

around the world, said Willet . . . but this one is on another level."

 

Danny Willet is projected to move to ninth in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

 

 

Leaderboard: http://www.masters.com/en_US/scores/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Adam Scott Goes Two for Two in Florida Swing PDF Print E-mail

 

Adam Scott celebrates with the Gene Sarazen Cup after winning the WGC Cadillac Championship




Miami, Florida - With all of the talk about the "Big Three" and Rickie Fowler to start the year,

there's a former World No.1 who has made an early statement. After a near miss (second place)

at Riviera, and a win the following week at the Honda Classic, Adam Scott has now won back to

back on two of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour (PGA National & Trump Doral's Blue course) . . .

leaving no doubt as to who is playing the best golf on the planet right now. Scott's final round 69

(-12 total) was just enough for a one stroke victory over Bubba Watson who shot 68 and finished

at 11 under par.

 

"Scotty" as he's called by his peers on tour, needed a bit of good fortune to finish off the Blue Monster.

The Aussie's pulled approach at the last looked destined to be in the water, but somehow hung up on

the bank just inside the hazard line. Facing a must up and down to secure his second win in as many

weeks, the 2013 Masters Champion hit a superb flop shot to 6ft. When he buried the putt, he celebrated

with a rare burst of emotion in the form of an uppercut fist pump.

 

Afterward, the new Fedex Cup points leader talked about what happened on the eighteenth hole and

the victory: "That's winner's luck, really," Scott said. "Those things even out over a long period of time

- where at some point, I would have hit that shot and it's bounced back in and you don't win, and other

times it stays up and you do. To take advantage of it feels really good."

 

Danny Willet and 54 hole leader Rory McIlroy who struggled on Sunday (shooting 74) finished tied for

third at 10 under par. McIlroy, who also struggled at Riviera with a final round lead (where he shot a

final round 75) was disappointed after another failed opportunity: "To not get the job done in either of

those instances is very frustrating, I just need to figure it out what I'm doing in these final rounds and

try to rectify it."

 

Scores:

http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com/content/worldgolfchampionships/cadillac-championship/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Adam Scott Wins Honda Classic PDF Print E-mail

Adam Scott hoists the Crystal after his victory at PGA National Resort

 



Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - If there was any doubt that one of the games best

ball striking talents could survive the putter anchoring ban, Adam Scott was on a

mission to end the doubt in just his 3rd start since the ban began. Finishing second

at Riviera just the week before, Scott outdueled Sergio Garcia and the rest of the

stellar field for the title at one of the tour's toughest tests at PGA National's

Champion Course.

 

The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa continues to build momentum as

one of the tour's most prestigious non-majors. The Champion course (that hosted

the '87 PGA Championship and '83 Ryder Cup) seems to be becoming one of those

venues where the star is the course, and that's saying a lot considering Adam Scott,

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler entered the day atop the leaderboard. (I may be a bit

bias considering that this event is a home game for yours truly, but having covered

many, one can easily tell the difference between a normal PGA event and the buzz that

now exisits in Palm Beach over this event).


Rickie Fowler looked to be the man to beat thru 36 holes (with a pair of four under

par 66's), but faded on the weekend. In a day and age where the young guns have

dominated the tour, the weekend action belonged to the premier mid thirty somethings -

Adam Scott & Sergio Garcia.


They entered Sunday both tied at 9 under par, but after a birdie at the first on Sunday

- Scott took the solo lead. When the Aussie bogeyed both the 9th & 10th it was a tie game

again, but when Sergio missed a short putt on the eleventh and Scott stuffed his approach

on the 12th he was in command for good. Both players made bogey on the par 4 sixteenth

with shortgame miscues, and then Garcia bogeyed the par 3 seventeenth to give Scott a

two shot lead playing the last. Sergio closed with a birdie at the eighteenth, just enough

to make Adam pay extra attention to the two foot tap in to secure the "W". Scott's solid

opening and closing 70's rounds were bookends to spectacular rounds of 65-66 on Friday

& Saturday.

 

The 35 year old former World No.1 was beaming afterwards in his post round presser:

"It's was a sense of relief, but overall I'm thrilled with where my game is at, and to get

a victory is even more satisfying to just re-assure me that I'm working on all the right

things and that things are going in the right direction."


The win moves Adam Scott back to 9th in the OWGR. Garcia was solo second at -8 (71).

Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas finished tied for third at -5.

 


Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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